‘I am so proud of Bray and Old­court’

Bray People - - THE NOTEBOOK - MARY FOG­A­RTY

FIONA DOYLE has said that the peo­ple of Bray and Old­court have been a huge sup­port to her through­out her dread­ful or­deal.

‘ The pub­lic re­ac­tion has been amaz­ing. All I can de­scribe is that they car­ried me,’ she said.

‘I left Bray un­der dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances and re­turn­ing there in the in­ter­ven­ing time be­fore my case came to court was also very dif­fi­cult for me,’ she said.

‘Hav­ing said that I am so proud of Bray and Old­court and of hav­ing reared my chil­dren there. I’m look­ing for­ward now to go­ing back un­der bet­ter cir­cum­stances and to greet­ing the peo­ple of Old­court.’

A march was held in the town last Satur­day af­ter- noon, at­tended by Fiona’s daugh­ter Kris­tel, as well as other fam­ily mem­bers and abuse vic­tims. Peo­ple came out in sol­i­dar­ity with Fiona, as well as other vic­tims of rape and sex­ual abuse.

They made their way from the Town Hall to Old­court. Pro­tes­tors stopped out­side the Old­court Av­enue home of rapist O’Brien.

‘Peo­ple get­ting away with three years in prison or noth­ing is not good enough and peo­ple need to know that if they have the courage to go to court, they are go­ing to get an out­come out of it and some­body is go­ing to lis­ten to them,’ said Kris­tel. Fiona will pay a visit to St. Fer­gal’s Re­source Cen­tre in Old­court on Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 6 at 12 mid­day. Any­one who would like to go along is wel­come to at­tend.

Fiona lived in the es­tate dur­ing the 90s be­fore mov­ing away from the town. She spoke on the Late Late Show about those years of re­sid­ing so close to her par­ents’ home.

‘ The peo­ple of Bray are con­fused,’ she said. ‘ They will have seen me call­ing to my par­ents, look­ing af­ter my par­ents. They will have seen my dad coming to my home.

‘I tried so hard to be nor­mal and tried so hard to have a nor­mal fam­ily but I was crum­bling in­side with all th­ese feel­ings and con­flicts. I need the peo­ple of Bray and ev­ery­body to know the real thoughts and the real me.

‘I’ve al­ways been a fighter,’ said Fiona. ‘I’ve al­ways had to fight. There are the let downs, the closed doors, the peo­ple who don’t want to know you. I’ll crum­ble in pri­vate but I’ll come back fight­ing.’

Fiona’s daugh­ter Kris­tel and Paul Bradley lead the march in sup­port of rape and sex­ual abuse vic­tims in Bray on Satur­day.

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